In celebration of actor Justin Long’s birthday, Tusk director Kevin Smith released the below behind the scenes pic on his Instagram account. With the image came the following message from Smith:
“Happy bloody Birthday to the bravest actor I’ve ever worked with: Mr. TUSK himself, JUSTIN LONG! #WalrusYes.”
In case you haven’t been keeping up with Smith’s gradual move from comedy to horror (Red State saw the director venture into darker regions than usual), Tusk features Long as a podcast host who is taken prisoner by Mr Howe (Michael Parks). However, in Tusk, there is no ransom demand, no hidden agenda about a former crime, Mr Howe simply wants to turn Wallace Bryton (Long) into a Walrus!
Sony Pictures acquired UK rights to Tusk back in February, and will release the film later this year.
The film, also written by Smith and born out of one of his immensely popular SModcasts, stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, and Michael Parks.
Tusk was produced by Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson, and David Greathouse for Demarest Films and Shannon McIntosh for Smith’s SModcast Pictures banner. Jennifer Schwalbach is executive producer.
TUSK is a modern-day monster movie that follows a journalist named Wallace (Long) who finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.